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Amanda Fang Lin, DSc, MMed, BEng

Director, Human Performance Laboratory (Gait Lab), Assistant Professor, Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics

Amanda Fang Lin, DSc, MMed, BEng, joined Scholl College in January 2013 and serves as the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CLEAR, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Applied Biomechanics. She has been the author on over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and has ample experience in orthopaedic biomechanics and pressure ulcer research. Dr. Lin received her Doctor of Science degree in electronic engineering and information processing from the University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China and a Master of Medicine from Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in biomechanics at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA in 2003. Her research interests are in the orthopaedic and rehabilitation biomechanics.

Before joining Scholl, Dr. Lin was a Research Assistant Professor in Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Lin is a member of ISPGR-International Society for Posture and Gait Research, EMBS of IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society at The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and ORS-Orthopaedic Research Society.



My research interest is laboratory and clinical studies on lower extremity biomechanics in identification and management of risk factors that affect tissue health, balance, mobility, and overall quality of life in individuals with chronic conditions such as brain injury and diabetes.


Book Chapters

Makhsous, Mohsen, and Lin, Fang, A Finite-Element Biomechanical Model for Evaluating Buttock Tissue Loads in Seated Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, A chapter in "Bioengineering Research of Chronic Wounds, Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Series Editor: Amit Gefen, Springer- Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 181-205, 2009

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications 

Perlmutter S, Lin F, Makhsous M, Dewald J. Development of a device for measuring multi-directional isometric trunk kinetics in a seated posture, IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng, 2014 March;22(2):344-351

Makhsous M, Lin F, Hanawalt D, Kruger SL, LaMantia A. The effect of chair designs on sitting pressure distribution and tissue perfusion. Hum Factor, 2012, 2012 54(6):1066-74.

Makhsous M, Lin F, Cichowski A, Cheng I, Fasanati C, Grant T, Hendrix RW. Use of MRI images to measure tissue thickness over the ischial tuberosity at different hip flexion. Clin Anat. 2011 Jul;24(5):638-45.

Makhsous M, Lin F, Pandya A, Pandya MS, Chadwick CC. Elevation in the serum and urine concentration of injury-related molecules after the formation of deep tissue injury in a rat spinal cord injury pressure ulcer model. PM R. 2010 Nov;2(11):1063-5. Invited Paper.

Lin F, Lim D, Wixson RL, Milos S, Hendrix RW, Makhsous M. Limitations of imageless computer-assisted navigation for total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty, 2010 Jun;26(4):596-605.Perlmutter S, Lin F, Makhsous M. Quantitative analysis of static sitting posture in chronic stroke Gait and Posture. Gait and Posture, 2010, 32, 53-6. Erratum in: Gait Posture. 2011 Mar;33(3):510.

Flanigan DC, Lin F, Koh JL, Zhang LQ. Articular contact pressures of meniscal repair techniques at various knee flexion angles. Orthopedics. 2010 Jul 13;33(7):475.

Makhsous M, Lin F, Knaus E, Zeigler M, Rowles D, Gittler M, Bankard J, Chen D. Promote pressure ulcer healing in individuals with spinal cord injury using an individualized cyclic pressure-relief protocol. Adv. Skin Wound Care. 2009 Nov;22(11):514-21

Lin F, Pandya A, Cichowski A, Modi M, Reprogle B, Lee D, Kadono N, Makhsous M. Deep tissue injury rat model for pressure ulcer research on spinal cord injury, J Tissue Viability. 2010 May;19(2):67-76. Invited Paper.

Yang S, Park HS, Flores S, Levin SD, Makhsous M, Lin F, Koh J, Nuber G, Zhang LQ. Biomechanical analysis of bursal-sided partial thickness rotator cuff tears. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2009 May-Jun;18(3):379-85

Lin F, Wilson NA, Makhsous M, Press JM, Koh JL, Nuber GW, Zhang L-Q. In vivo patellar tracking induced by individual quadriceps components in individuals with patellofemoral pain. J Biomechanics 2010, 43, 235-41.

Makhsous M, Lin F, Bankard J, Hendrix RW, Hepler M, Press J. Biomechanical effects of sitting with adjustable ischial and lumbar support on occupational low back pain: evaluation of sitting load and back muscle activity. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorder Journal, Feb 2009, 10:17, 1-11

Lin F, Lim D, Wixson RL, Milos S, Hendrix RW, Makhsous M. Validation of a computer navigation system and a CT method for determination of the orientation of implanted acetabular cup in total hip arthroplasty: A cadaver study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2008 Oct;23(8):1004-1011.

Makhsous M, Venkatasubramanian G, Chawla A, Pathak Y, Priebe M, Rymer WR, Lin F. Investigate Soft-Tissue Stiffness Alteration in Denervated Human Tissue using an Ultrasound Indentation System. J Spinal Cord Med 2008;31(1):88-96.

Makhsous, M., Lim, D, Hendrix, RW, Bankard, J & Rymer, WZ, Lin, F. Finite Element Analysis for Evaluation of Pressure Ulcer on the Buttock: Development and Validation, IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng  2007;15(4):517-25

Makhsous M, Priebe, M., Rowles D., Zeigler, M., Chen D., Lin F. Measuring Tissue Perfusion during Pressure Relief maneuvers: Insights into Preventing Pressure Ulcers.  J Spinal Cord Med 2007;30-5:63-73

Lin, F., Kohli, N., Perlmutter, S., Lim, D., Nuber, GW., Makhsous, M. Muscle Contribution to Elbow Joint Valgus Stability. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 Nov-Dec;16(6):795-802.

Lim D, Lin F, Hendrix RW, Moran B, Makhsous M. Evaluation of a New Sitting Concept Designed for Prevention of Pressure Ulcer on the Buttock Using Finite Element Analysis. Med Biol Eng Comput. 2007;45(11):1079-84.

Makhsous M, Rowles D., Rymer WZ, Bankard J, Nam EK, Chen D, Lin F. Periodically Relieving Ischial Sitting Load to Decrease the Risk of Pressure Ulcers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2007;88:862-70.

Lin F, Parthasarathy, S., Taylor, S., Pucci, D., Hendrix, RW, Makhsous, M. Effect of Different Sitting Postures on Lung Capacity and Lumbar Lordosis, Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2006; 87(4):504-9

Selles, RW, Li, X, Lin, F., Chung, SG, Roth, EJ, Zhang, LQ. Feedback-controlled and programmed stretching of the ankle plantarflexors and dorsiflexors in stroke: effects of a 4-week intervention program, Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2005;86(12):2330-2336

Makhsous, M., Hendrix, R., Crowther, Z., Nam, E., Lin, F. Reducing whole-body vibration and musculoskeletal injury with a new car seat design, Ergonomics, 2005;48 (9), 1183-99

Makhsous, M., Lin, F., Koh, JL, Nuber, GW, Zhang, L-Q. 2004. In vivo and noninvasive load sharing among the vasti in patellar malalignment. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004 Oct;36(10):1768-75.

Makhsous, M., Lin, F., Zhang, L-Q. Multi-axis Passive and Active Stiffness of the Glenohumeral joint. Clinical Biomechanics 2004;19(2) 107-115

Lin, F., Wang, G., Koh, J., Hendrix, R., Zhang, L-Q.. In vivo and non-invasive six degree of freedom patellar tracking induced by individual quadriceps components. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2004 Jan; 36(1):93-101.

Makhsous, M., Lin, F., Hendrix, R.W., Hepler, M., Zhang, L-Q. 2003. Sitting with adjustable ischial and back supports: Biomechanical changes. Spine, 28(11) June 1, 2003. 1113-1122. (the Spine has invited Dr. Noshir Langrana to write a point of view to accompany this paper)

Lin, F., Makhsous, M., Chang, A.H., Hendrix, R.W., and Zhang, L-Q. In vivo and noninvasive six-DOF patellar tracking during voluntary knee movement. Clinical Biomechanics 2003;18(5) 401-9

Lin, F., Ding, H., and Su C. Light distribution in biological tissues calculated using Monte-Carlo simulation. Journal of Tsinghua University (Sciences & Technology Edition), 2000;40 (3):20-23

Lin, F., Wang G., Su C., Ding, H. Experimental study on localization of absorbers within tissue phantom using a simple phased-array system. Chinese Journal of Lasers (English Edition), 1999;B8 (6):513-519

Lin, F., Ding, H., Wang F., Su C. Multi-Layer Monte-Carlo simulation for non-invasive near-infrared measurement on head. Journal of Optoelectronics∙Laser, 1999;10 (4):361-364

Yang, Y., Lin, F., Yuan, B., Li, Z. Ultrasonic gait analysis system. Chinese Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 1997;16(4):298-303


  • PAPB502AB Biomechanics: Lectures on Phasic Muscle Activities during Gait, Shock Absorption and Stability
  • PAPB501 Understanding and Implementing Clinical Research: Journal Clubs
  • PAPB605 Sports Medicine: Project mentor
  • NIH sponsored T35 Summer Research: Lecture on Investigator Responsibilities, Project Mentor